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Art School, Seafood Restaurant Open On Lwr Main

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Two new businesses – Let’s Create Art and Pinchers Crab Shack – have opened their doors on Lakewood Ranch’s Main Street.
The new Ranch location is the first in Florida for Let’s Create Art; the studio will host a grand opening event at 6 p.m. June 2. The event, which is open to the public, will be a meet and greet with the art instructors, who will be teaching classes at the school beginning June 11. The instructors include the director of art and founder of Let's Create Art, Clark Prosperi; and local Sarasota artists and instructors Lucy Barber, Jean Cipriano, and Diane Lynne Chanako. The instructors will provide professional and fun instruction that is customized for each skill level – beginner to advanced – in both adult and young artist programs.
“Anyone can paint,” said Brazilian-born artist Prosperi. “People think it’s very difficult but once you take the intimidation factor out of painting – make it fun and relaxing – then my students are always surprised at what they can achieve in a very short time period. By establishing a fun, relaxing school that offers professional high-level art instruction, our goal is to teach many, many people to do just that – learn to paint beautiful art and enjoy the pleasure and rewards that come from painting.” Prosperi also creates his own custom commission paintings, including pet portraits, all in oil on canvas.
Let’s Create Art also offers "Paint 'N Party" art parties on Tuesday and Friday nights, which include appetizers and all art supplies, even canvases. Patrons may bring their own wine to enjoy while painting.
The grand opening event will have food, drinks and a performance from world class pianist and singer Katherine Alexandra. The event is free and open to the art-loving public. For more information call Let’s Create at 1-800-4-Lessons (800-453-7766) or visit www.artlwr.com. For June class registration information, please contact Jennifer Pies 941-361-1491 or email to jen@artlwr.com.

Pinchers Crab Shack moved its Clark Road, Sarasota location to Lakewood Ranch. The family-owned seafood restaurant opened May 22 in the space next to Lakewood Ranch Cinemas.

Pinchers, encompassing approximately 6,500 square feet, features an indoor/outdoor bar with a large open patio area and is much larger than the previous Clark Road location. The company retained all the employees from the Clark Road location, most of which are moving with the company to Lakewood Ranch.

Pinchers Crab Shack has been operating in Southwest Florida for 15 years and is known for serving fresh seafood in a casual, tropical atmosphere. Pinchers is a favorite of locals and guests of Southwest Florida alike. Hours are 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

For more information, please visit www.PinchersCrabShack.com, call 941-922-1515, email lakewoodranch@pincherscrabshack.com, or visit their Facebook page.


Main Street at Lakewood Ranch is the fashionable shopping venue located across from the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. Stylish boutiques, restaurants and offices blend to create an intimate small-town village theme.


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